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Maxell RENGA™

Portable Bluetooth® powered speaker with aptX® audio streaming

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by Ralph Graves
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Want something simple for streaming music from you smartphone or tablet? Check out the Maxell RENGA. Want something that delivers clean, full sound? This compact, portable Bluetooth speaker can do it, thanks to its two 1-1/2" full-range drivers and two rear-firing bass ports.

Bluetooth connectivity for music and conversation

The RENGA features aptX® audio coding, an advanced type of Bluetooth wireless streaming that retains virtually all the detail of the audio signal it carries. And the speaker is backwards-compatible with earlier forms of Bluetooth. So you can play your music wirelessly from almost any portable device and still enjoy great sound.

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When your paired smartphone receives a call, your RENGA turns into a speakerphone. It features a built-in microphone that lets you enjoy your conversations hands-free.

Convenient portability

The RENGA's built-in battery gives you up to 15 hours of portable operation. And charging is simple. Just plug the charging cable into the USB port of your computer or wall adapter. An auxiliary input lets you play non-Bluetooth portable devices through the speaker, too.

Highlights:

  • Bluetooth wireless streaming from compatible audio sources
  • aptX technology for high-fidelity streaming with compatible devices
  • range: 33 feet
  • built-in microphone for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • two 1-1/2" full-range drivers with two rear-firing bass ports
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices (tangle-resistant stereo minijack cable included)
  • USB-to-micro-USB charging cable
  • built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to 15 hours
  • 6-3/16"W x 2-5/16"H x 1-13/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Portable Bluetooth speaker
  • 4' microUSB-to-USB charging cable
  • 4' Stereo minijack cable
  • Quick Start Guide

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Features

Built-in Bluetooth 4.0: The Maxell Renga portable Bluetooth speaker supports Bluetooth version 4.0 with support for wireless audio streaming and hands-free communication. You'll be able to wirelessly connect your Bluetooth-enable Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, Windows PC, Mac computer, or other Bluetooth device. Bluetooth has a wireless range of up to 33'.

Simple Pairing: A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Maxell Renga portable Bluetooth speaker. Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Maxell Renga.

Wireless Audio Streaming w/ aptX: You'll be able to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth enabled smartphone/tablet, computer/laptop, or other Bluetooth device to the Maxell Renga for music playback. You can listen to stored music, music apps, podcasts, and other audio content on your Bluetooth-enabled device through the Renga. The Maxell Renga even employs aptX audio coding technology for lossless, CD-quality streaming with compatible aptX-compatible phones (like Android OS 4.0+). You will still continue to use your Bluetooth device for playback control and to view song/artist information.

Hands-Free Communication w/ Mic: A built-in microphone lets you use the Maxell Renga as a speakerphone for hands-free communication. You can answer, end, and reject calls from the Renga portable speaker. Simply talk into the Renga's built-in mic to carry on your side of the conversation and hear the caller through the Maxell Renga stereo speakers. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled device to view video calls, manually enter phone number, and control advanced phone functions.

Aux Input: In addition to built-in Bluetooth, the Maxell Renga is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input for connection of almost any portable audio player with a headphone output.

Rechargeable Battery: The Maxell Renga portable Bluetooth speaker has a built-in, rechargeable lithium battery that provides up to 15 hours of playback time. You can easily recharge the battery using the included 4" microUSB-to-USB charging cable and a free USB (type-A) port on your computer or a 3rd party USB/AC power adapter (sold separately). Charging time is approximately 2-3 hours.

 
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3 out of 5

Nice product but...

Written By Josehrl, PR on Thursday, October 09, 2014
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I like the speaker but wouldn't pay anymore for it than I did.
Pros:
Time of batery
Cons:
Volume power
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4 out of 5

Good deal at sale price.

Written By Darrin, Bowie, MD on Wednesday, September 17, 2014
 
Good product at sale price.
Pros:
Good sound.
Cons:
Can't seem to play when unit is plugged in and charging.
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3 out of 5

bluetooth speaker

Written By Mike, charlottesville on Tuesday, August 12, 2014
 
Really like it for car, at beach, at work. Sounds good. Cool shape and color.
Pros:
Good value. Good sound and real base for so small. Hold charge well.
Cons:
Distorts at higher volumes. Some devices have trouble finding signal. Volume contol is awkward.
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5 out of 5

Best buy in along time

Written By DannyK, rotonda west, fl. on Monday, August 11, 2014
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The sound from this small device is unbelievable, it's better then my car speaker's. And that's where I use it, in my car, hooked up to my IPhone.
Pros:
I purchase this at a great price, and was very pleased with it performance.
Cons:
as of today there are no cons
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4 out of 5

bluetooth speaker

Written By enthusiast, Normal, IL on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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works good
Pros:
clear sound
Cons:
won't work while charging
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great speaker for the price.

Written By Casey, Hawaii on Sunday, July 20, 2014
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Great portable speaker, for the price. Light weight and easy to handle. Decent to good sound.
Pros:
Can't beat it, for the price.
Cons:
No cons.
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By fletch, Palm Desert, Ca on Friday, July 18, 2014
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Tiny, cute and powerful. Super easy to use bluetooth from phone to get Sirius and Pandora to a loudspeaker. More enjoyment for all.
Pros:
small, great sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

great deal; great value

Written By Steve, Charlottesville, VA on Monday, June 30, 2014
 
I am giving this 5 stars because it really did beat my expectations. I picked this up at the Charlottesville retail store last week. It is sturdy with the gaudy blue rubber cover over a metal case. It paired right up with my Nexus 7 and my old HTC phone. The two drivers are ported so it has more real low end than expected. The drivers and box seem pretty well tuned since I don't hear any glaring peaks or holes in the sound. I used it several hours daily and never ran down the battery.
Pros:
Decent sound; compact; long battery life.
Cons:
No color choice.
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